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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 1,958
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23.94%
Wants: 208
Gots: 354 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012

Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very danky hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. You wanted more hops you got them.
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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle of this while working in San Francisco for the week. Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

golden-yellow pour. 1 Finger off-white head.

Nice citrus fruits come through in the nose. Solid amount of piney hops.

fruits really didn't come through for me in the flavor like everyone is saying. It was a lot of average piney/citrus hops with too much bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Bottle date was very fresh, so I was excited for this one. It did not live up to expectation. Average beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a dense, bright white foam with good retention. Medium sweet, over-ripe pinapple and tropical aromas with medium light malt and a definitive boozy note. Medium bodied with creamy smooth, yet medium high carbonation. Medium high citrus hop flavors that turn piney near the end. Light malt flavor that is overrun by the booziness through the middle to the end. Intense hop bitterness at the end as this finished very boozy with a light sweetness beneath and lingering citrus and hop aftertaste. This was surprising on a few notes. The hop aromas were fairly light followed by a much fuller malty body than expected for the higher abv. The boozy is still pleasant and very warming - not hot - but tends to overwhelm the hop and malt flavors on the backside.

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Photo of Beergasm1
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop bomb, with a huge abv that is barely noticeable by taste. But once you start drinking the abv starts to hit you.

Probably the best triple I've ever drank

Awesome beer

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Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 8/3/15

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a nice one-inch fluffy white head. Leaves a very nice lacing down the glass.

Big hop aroma on the nose with tons of earthy, herbal notes. I'm definitely getting a lot more of the herbal, dank simcoe than I am citrus from the citra hops.

Tastes surprisingly balanced given how hop-heavy the nose was. I get more of a balance between citrus and herbal notes from the hops and enough bready malt to keep them in check. Finish is somewhat bitter (not nearly as much as expected given the "triple IPA" tag on the label, but I guess that's what 11.25% abv will do for you) with just a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth, with the hops keeping it dry enough to leave you craving another sip.

This is a very strong effort from Knee Deep Brewing - I'm not normally the biggest fan of the herbal qualities from Simcoe hops so I was a little concerned based on the nose, but I still loved it. And if you are a fan of herbal hops, jump all over this.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Date on the label is easy to find and easy to read: 07/20/15. I hope that's the bottled on date, though.

Pours mostly clear dull golden with a medium head and lots of carbonation. Smell is powerful and very nice. Citrus and tropics, flowers.

Taste is boozy, some straw, too much sweetness. Bright citrusy/tropical notes in the middle, and then finishes with a strong (but not strong enough) bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and rich. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Viscous looking with a bright deep gold hue. Quite pretty.

S: Dank resinous, piney hops with a caramel maltiness tying it all together. Overall I found the aroma a bit subdued, particularly with what was to come when I took a sip.

T: Very piney, aggressive hop taste. Certainly malty, but surprisingly dry for such a high abv and full body. This maltiness was key to keeping the beer . Has a pretty abrasive bitter finish that is reminiscent of grapefruit rind.

F: Slick on the palate and almost syrupy with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. Incredibly mellow for the abv, giving off very little warmth -- this was one of the more impressive aspects of this beer.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/11/15 (3 months)

Look: Super light amber, minimal carbonization, sticky head that retains a nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Massive hops, really heavy on the pine. There is a savory backbone to the smell, almost astringent, but always stays just on the right side of pleasant.

Taste: Pretty balanced for a beer with this high ABV. A citrusy, almost floral bitterness, with a nicely rounded malt sweetness. The alcohol hits pretty hard at the end, but doesn't disrupt the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation cuts the syrupyness of the alcohol. Bitterness lingers

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Transparent glowing orange. A finger of white head.

S - Fresh, ripe orange and dank hops with some garlic/onion.

T - Peach, mango, and orange. Lots of bitterness on the back end, but not overpowering.

F - It feels like a big beer, but I wouldn't believe it is over 11%. Feels more like 8-9. No alcohol at all which is remarkable and not even a warming sensation. It is very smooth, but I think finishes a little too clean as nothing stays around long enough.

O - Great Triple IPA. Very drinkable for such a biog beer and was almost bordering on refreshing. Dangerous (but good) stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops bitterness comes in along with a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance for a “Triple India Pale Ale” with such a high ABV. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden bright orange with a nice bright white head, head did not retain long, looks pretty clear, not a lot of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Dank, resin, garlic, pine, slight malt, not getting any citrus notes or alcohol.

T: Must be an old bottle, not getting a lot of hops on the taste, slight resin, pine, slight grapefruit bitterness, definitely picking up the alcohol, finishes dry.

M: Low carbonation, dry finish.

O: I really wanted to like this beer but I think it is an old bottle as the taste and aroma seems a bit subdued. This is why I would like to see dates on a bottles.

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Photo of jancona
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious triple IPA from Knee Deep - nose is sweet malt, dank and floral hops. The flavor follows perfectly in the West Coast style. The malt has a touch of caramel in it. The feel is a bit creamy and lush. Though you get a touch of booze here and there the 11+% ABV is masked nicely.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Knee Deep Simtra 3x IPA.

First beer outta these guys. Only reason I bought it was due to the rave reviews on here since typically a $13 bomber isn't even considered by myself. I really hope it lives up to the grand expectations I have for it.

Look - Pours the clearest most well filtered amber I have ever seen. Head is about a finger in height and doesn't seem to have many plans on sticking around for long. Carbonation appears pretty light. Somehow that finger of head managed to leave a ton of lacing throughout the glass. 5.

Smell - Big, and I mean BIGGGG fucking pine notes on the nose. Large doses of grapefruit juice and a tinge of light malts, but it is certainly hop dominant as expected. A bit of the gravity comes through in a slight alcoholic form. 4.5.

Taste - Oh jeeze I just started the night, I hope this doesn't wreck my palate too quickly. The dankest pine notes I have ever gotten in a beer are present in this one. Grapefruit juice a plenty, with a noticeable though surely not offensive alcoholic bite in the finish. 4.75.

Feel - We'll rounded and very, veryyy creamy bodied with just a touch of carbonation . Alcohol tingles the tongue as it sits. Goes down pretty easily for the nearly 12% ABV. 4.75.

Overall - Nearly done with the beer and I can definitely already feel it working its beer magic. Well, this was a very, very fine TIPA with a lot of in your face flavor. Was it worth $13 a bomber... ahhhh.....not really sure any beer is. Would I have it again? You bet your virgin asshole I would. Best beer ever? Nah. Top ten? Oh hell yes.. 4.75.

I feel I should also note, to those new guys who see these reviews, this is a beer for experienced craft drinkers. Don"t buy this one night for the hell of it and waste your money on a hop nuke that will destroy your taste buds for an eternity.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a three-finger head. It descends in a lumpy fashion, leaving some spots on the glass. It settles to a thin layer of bubbles and the lace reflects this lack of retention. Green-hued dirty gold color with a moderate haze.

Relatively mild aroma of floral hops. There's also a touch of earthiness.

Briefly, very briefly, I get a smooth, round flavor of the pale malt. The hop bitterness comes in strong but it is mitigated with the equally strong warmth from the 11.25% abv. This is a very drinkable beer. While the alcohol and hop hint at the power of this beer, one cannot get a sense of the wine-like alcohol content. The bitterness is powerful in the swallow but the aftertaste lasts a moderate period of time.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 3/30/15 This review will have to do as a place holder until I can find fresher...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & tropical fruit, cattiness as this warms

T: Follows the nose, loads of mango, some pineapple & grapefruit, a little bit of cattiness as well up front. Breadyness, mango & a bit of lemon & pamello as this warms, a little bit of pine as well. plus oaky dryness. Finishes a little dry, somewhat catty, with a little mango & pine

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, great balance

Drinks so easy despite the ABV & age, I would love to try this a few months younger, but no complaints here at all. Well worth buying!

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Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow! The 11.25% is almost imperceptible. An incredibly balanced beer that drinks very well. Personally I couldn't sit and drink this all afternoon (mostly because I wouldn't be able to walk), but it's definitely worth having a pint.

If your drinking lesser beers have this one latter in the session - - it's rough on the palate.

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Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden yellow with three fingers worth of rocky head

S-pale bready malt, citrus, tropical fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready backbone, citrus, tropical fruits, and bitter hops finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol burn

Overall very flavorful and even with the strong ABV still easy to drink

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Photo of Drewsbruze
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This triple IPA was extremely balanced. Most the time when you have 130+ IBU or over 8% ABV it is a bitter alcoholic fest. Or, the brewer tries to compensate with malts and you get thick sweet crap. This is amazing. Very balanced. Good job Knee Deep!

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Photo of DsNuts1010
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth taste... Strong beer that goes down smooth. They really put their feet up in this one!!!!! Have three 12 oz, and you probably need a driver.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has some legs, or at least some head, as this one stands at a full three fingers. Solid retention and a huge curtain of lace is left behind. Body is pure straw gold in color. Nose is piney prickley and bready sweet all in one. This beer has an excellent body. Big and resiney in flavor. Syrupy hops coat the tongue while the body is supported by a malt backbone. Bold in hop character as it boarders on barleywine for me. A monsterously good beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, no haze. Good lingering head especially for a triple IPA. Some lacing on the glass. Great dank flavor smell and flavor, consistent with Knee Deep's beers. Medium feel. Really nice beer

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Photo of Hootie159
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear light gold. Minimal lacing but great head for a triple. Decent hop smell. Some malt and booze. Some tropical fruit taste. Light on the booze and not much bitter. Smooth light carbonation. Also good for a trip. Real solid tipa.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Triple IPA. A little piney as opposed to Citrusy notes. But this is typical of most Knee Deep IPAs, very few are citrusy. Great beer all around thought

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Photo of RyanK252
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach, citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, a little dank, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big pine and citrus, sweet grapefruit and orange, tropical fruit, mango pineapple, passion fruit, a little peach, maybe a hint of dankness, well balanced with caramel malt sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth, especially for its %.

O: Awesome awesome awesome. I love this beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Sunny golden in color with some chill haze. Creamy white head holds on at a half inch in height. Light, wispy lacing.

S: Sliced mango, nectarine, tangerine, pineapple. Very juicy and tropical. Leafy undertones and pine resin. A bit musty in a dank way. Bready malt and lightly kilned grain.

T: Mango and apricot. Juicy nectarine and tangerine. Dank. Earthy and piney. Grassy. Alcohol is perceptible, but managed well. Lightly kilned malts bring some soft doughy and bready flavors. Dank and earthy hops ride into the finish with some trailing alcohol.

M: Medium-full body. Round, creamy, and velvety. It glides effortlessly over the tongue. Light prickling carbonation. Some warming alcohol.

O: This one scores major points for ease of drinkability. It's juicy, tropical, texturally pleasing, and way too easy to polish off at 11.25% abv. The hop profile is fairly simple and straightforward, but delightfully juicy and tropical. Sometimes it's these sort of straightforward and hedonistic beers that are the most rewarding.

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Photo of kbrokhoff
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter with an easy head and impressive lacing. Its smell is more on the fainter side, but what a wonderful aroma. This does not drink like a triple IPA - more that of a double. What first came to mind after the initial few sips was a blend of east and west coast IPA styles. Wow, this is amazing. I can't believe it has 11.25% ABV, because by George the booziness is subdued. Chewy for sure, but incredibly drinkable and so damn tasty. This is the super group of IPAs, as Sculpin, Heady Topper, and similar double/imperial IPA flavors are all present. How I was able to get my hands on this brew in a Wakefield, MA liquor and beer store is beyond me. I am just incredibly thankful.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.